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Stony Brook Accelerated BSN Class of 2014 - page 3

I'm surprised a thread for the upcoming class of 2014 has not been created yet (or has it). Well here it is!!! good luck to all :p... Read More

  1. Visit  eliz7854 profile page
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    Hi Mindylane! Good luck to you, too. Where else have you applied? I have applied to a ton of schools as well - the application fees are killing me.

    PS: You can still make a change to your application, you just have to email hscstudentservices (at stony brook dot edu). I just realized I had to fix something, and they were able to help. It is probably worth something to say that you're reapplying.
  2. Visit  eliz7854 profile page
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    Hi Chele,

    Thanks for your response and good luck in your third go-around! I am cheering for you. Your dedication will pay off this time!! Its my first application cycle and I am nervous that I won't get into any of my top choices - which are mostly the SUNY schools with ABSN programs. They are so much more affordable, I just can't imagine taking out $70,000 to go to NYU or Rochester.

    With regards to the two-year application, I wish there was a way they could just copy your reference letters to the 2-year program as well. It was like pulling teeth getting my recommenders to get their letters in on time.
  3. Visit  MrsKBV profile page
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    Hi everyone,

    I am also applying for the accelerated program. SBU is my first choice but I am also applying to Columbia, NYU and New Rochelle. Honestly, right now I feel like I will be happy if anyone takes me!!! I keep checking old threads to get an idea of when we can expect to get a decision. It looks like we will have to hold our breath until February

    Chele- I am so impressed with your dedication. I really hope it pays off this year!

    Good luck to all!

    KBV
  4. Visit  GoVeg profile page
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    Quote from Paco-RN
    LOL, thanks I did pretty well despite some personal bumps during the fall semester that hindered my studying a bit. I finished the program with a 3.6 GPA (which earned me cum laude honors). It is possible to get higher, which I believe fully I could have done if I had not gone through some of my problems. However, don't correlate prereqs with nursing courses, they are 2 different animals. Getting a 4.0 is possible, it takes an insane amount of dedication but not many students get that, some do get close though, like 3.94 or something. But honestly, it's not worth it to stress out about GPA if you're not learning the material. Prioritize learning over the numbers, and the numbers will follow, And if you're concerned about high GPA = a job, don't. I still got hired with my GPA even before people with 4.0, and I don't believe it even made a difference in the hiring process. What matters in the end is graduating and passing NCLEX and the networking you do along the way (with instructors and nurses you meet while in school).

    Besides, my patients don't care one bit what my grade in pharmacology was . Work is going well by the way. I don't regret changing my career one bit. It's the best thing I did in my life, ever.
    Hi Paco

    Glad to hear you're doing well! Yeah, I've heard from a lot of students it's not worth stressing out over a couple grade points. Everyone says the program is extremely tough so they don't pay much attention to whether they get an A or B, their too busy with everything.
    I'm a bit concerned about my GPA because I plan on applying to a DNP program after and my undergrad GPA isn't too stellar. I'll definitely need a good BSN GPA to get anywhere good.

    Glad to hear you got a job quickly! I actually wasn;t too worried about finding a job until I read your posts! lol. I thought it wouldn't be to difficult but I guess a lot of people have had trouble :/

    Well one step at time! After days of reading and re-reading and re-re-reading my essay I FINALLY submitted it last night. Now it's just the waiting game! I'll be applying to about 10 other schools though so I think the time will go pretty fast. The rest of my applications are due between December and February so I'll have a lot to keep me busy.

    Good luck everyone and see you all back here in a few months!! Oh, and out of curisiosity, did anyone apply anywhere else?
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  5. Visit  casado91 profile page
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    Hi everyone,

    This is my first time applying to the program. I am really excited and nervous, but hopefully we all get in ! Good Luck!!
  6. Visit  MrsKBV profile page
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    Thats great! Are you applying anywhere else? I also applied to Columbia, Pace and New Rochelle.
  7. Visit  Mindylane profile page
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    Hey guys. To where else did everyone apply?

    I am so incredibly nervous and fear that my GPA is just not high enough. I started at Boston University, hated it, and therefore didn't do well (2.81 GPA my freshman year). I then transferred to Stony Brook and graduated with a 3.5 and currently have a 3.5 at Nassau Community College, where I've taken all of my prereqs. I'm taking Bionutrition and Biology right now and have As in both classes so far, which will only bring my GPA up. Cumulatively, my GPA works out to a 3.4 but a 2.81 is something someone's going to notice, unfortunately. I'd like to think that they'll see that it was a bit of a fluke (I was also in the hospital for a week during final's week, which also impacted my performance). I applied to nearly 20 schools this year, so I'm hoping they'll take me SOMEPLACE. I have internship experience (but not much) and have been working in the healthcare/nonprofit field for almost three years, so I'm hoping that'll count for something. Anyway, I'm just not feeling particularly optimistic and am curious as to where everyone else has applied...

    I wish you all the best of luck.
  8. Visit  RhodyRed profile page
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    Hi everyone! I'm considering applying to the basic/2 year program at SBU this January 2013 and was wondering what everyone's thoughts were regarding the requirement that you must have 3 of the 5 science pre-reqs completed by application time. I'm hoping there is some flexibility there! At the time of application, I will have Stats, Lifespan, Anat I and the "other" science completed (all of which I received A's in). I am currently registered to take Anat II and Microbio starting in January and taking a summer session for the Chem. I will have completed all pre-req work prior to the September start date. I just won't have the 3 out of 5 sciences at application time. I'm thinking of applying anyway because I'd hate to wait an entire year to apply!!! Any thoughts????
  9. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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    Quote from RhodyRed
    Hi everyone! I'm considering applying to the basic/2 year program at SBU this January 2013 and was wondering what everyone's thoughts were regarding the requirement that you must have 3 of the 5 science pre-reqs completed by application time. I'm hoping there is some flexibility there! At the time of application, I will have Stats, Lifespan, Anat I and the "other" science completed (all of which I received A's in). I am currently registered to take Anat II and Microbio starting in January and taking a summer session for the Chem. I will have completed all pre-req work prior to the September start date. I just won't have the 3 out of 5 sciences at application time. I'm thinking of applying anyway because I'd hate to wait an entire year to apply!!! Any thoughts????
    I'm pretty sure there is no flexibility with regards to that sciences requirement. From what I have heard it's a hard and fast rule, considering there is no shortage of applicants that have completed this requirement. Anyone who applies without minimum requirements are automatically removed from consideration, specifically the science prereqs and minimum GPAs and grades. I have not heard of anyone getting an exception to this rule, but I guess you can always try.
  10. Visit  RhodyRed profile page
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    Thanks for the response Paco-RN! I just emailed the nursing admissions department. I'm never one to look for a shortcut but I'd hate to wait another entire year before applying...I'm getting up there in age, 36 now, and don't want to delay any further!!
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  11. Visit  MelMont profile page
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    Just found this site, as I was looking for information during my daily panic attacks about getting into the accelerated program. Figured I would say hi and ask if anyone knows when acceptance letters are mailed? Also, anyone's opinion on me getting in?
    I am graduating with a bachelor's in speech-language pathology this december. I have had a 4.0 my whole undergrad career and I currently have a 4.0 in all my prereqs. My only concern is that I haven't really had any experience in a hosptial or doctor's office. I volunteer over 16 hours a week counseling young girls through theater and workshops. I also was a one to one for a boy with autism for three years. Any thoughts??
  12. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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    Quote from MelMont
    Just found this site, as I was looking for information during my daily panic attacks about getting into the accelerated program. Figured I would say hi and ask if anyone knows when acceptance letters are mailed? Also, anyone's opinion on me getting in?
    I am graduating with a bachelor's in speech-language pathology this december. I have had a 4.0 my whole undergrad career and I currently have a 4.0 in all my prereqs. My only concern is that I haven't really had any experience in a hosptial or doctor's office. I volunteer over 16 hours a week counseling young girls through theater and workshops. I also was a one to one for a boy with autism for three years. Any thoughts??
    Just my opinion as someone who graduated from the program (and having been through the admissions process twice as a waitlist/rejected and accepted candidate):

    A 4.0 is no guarantee of acceptance, and neither is the quantity of hospital or volunteer experience one has, or lack thereof. My ABSN classmates spanned the gamut, some had 4.0's yes, but others had C's in micro as well. Some had experience as EMTs and years of hospital volunteering while some other classmates' only experience with a hospital was when they were born. Your application will be accepted as long as you meet the minimum requirements for admission, but then your application goes up against everyone else's in the end. The only ones that can determine if you're a good candidate to be accepted is the admissions committee, and the method to their madness is more secret than the special sauce McDonald's uses.

    However, the only thing I can determine so far in the literally 3 completed Stony Brook application periods I have observed personally and here on allnurses threads is that your personal statements and your recommendations are of most importance in admissions. Looking back at my class, clearly not everyone was a 4.0 student, and clearly not everyone had the same hospital experience before nursing school. Not everyone had a health or science major either. I had classmates that came from pure business, theater and education backgrounds. I can confidently say, it's what you say in your statements and what your recommenders say that moves the admissions committee.

    So, that said -- your chances of getting in are as good as anyone else's that meets the minimum requirements. It's the statement you write and the letters people write for you that make you stand out as one of the possible 64 or so students for the class.

    Waiting for acceptances is intensely stressful (coming from someone who has done this TWICE for Stony Brook, I know too well what it's like, and I have developed a sick joy in watching it unravel on here ever since I got in and now finished ). Don't expect to hear anything before late January at the earliest. I myself heard from Stony Brook late Jan the first time and mid Feb the second. Keep in mind however, I have noticed these dates get longer, as more applicants apply and it gets more competitive. Last year was later than mid-Feb if I recall. I think now it's easier to find out online. That's how I found out first, the letter followed a week later.

    Good luck with everything!!
  13. Visit  MelMont profile page
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    Thank you so much for answering! I was afraid of that wait period. Everyday is a battle for me. It has always been my dream to do this but unfortunately because of my fears I never pursued it. Now that I am ready to do this..it's so much more meaningful! As you know, a day never goes by without thinking about it. Congratulations to you by the way!
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